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Thursday 31 July 2014

Back-stabbing and tension... that's a wrap for the stars of Dublin Wives

The Dublin Wives hit the town last night to mark the end of the second run of their popular TV series.

And the atmosphere was as bitchy as ever.

Co-stars Virginia Macari, Roz Flanagan, Lisa Murphy and Jo Jordan arrived together but Dr Botox Danielle Meagher came on her own -- though they did pose for a photo together later.

The back-stabbing and sniping that was caught on camera during the series played out again at the wrap party in Dandelion nightclub on St Stephen's Green.

And a question mark also hangs over whether Meagher will be involved in any third series of show.



Confident

She had hinted during her appearance on Midweek on Wednesday that she might not be back -- it emerged yesterday that the ladies got just €125 an episode and now the Herald has learned a third series of the show is on ice.

The most recent instalment of the show pulled in a high of 405,000 for last Monday's show, with an average of 230,000 viewers -- but that still may not be enough to secure its future.

The ongoing drama was further fuelled by the Dublin Wives going at it again on Midweek, pulling in a high of 396,000 viewers.

On the chances of a further series, a source in production company Straywave Media said they are "at the behest of TV3" when it came to getting the green light.

Yet given the strong figures it pulled in, they insisted they were "cautiously optimistic" about its prospects of being recommissioned.

"We have to wait until Ben Frow's replacement has been appointed before a decision can be made. We are quietly confident but obviously, it will be that person's call," said the source.

Mr Frow, TV3's director of programming, announced last year that he would be leaving the station to join Channel 5 next month.

When asked about the future of Dublin Wives, a TV3 source described it as a "great show" but declined to comment further.

All the cast members will be appearing on the Saturday Night Show tonight.

mfinn@herald.ie

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